Joseph Vess

Fellow

United States

Joseph Vess is a Fellow at Promundo where he focuses primarily on supporting and developing gender-transformative programs engaging men for gender equality. From 2012-2015 he was a Senior Program Officer at Promundo during which time he co-led the development of the original Living Peace curriculum in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi with the Promundo East Africa team. He also supported partnerships with the Young Men’s Initiative in the former Yugoslavia, Abaad in Lebanon, and a variety of programs in sub-Saharan African including in Senegal, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. Currently, he lives in the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia where he supports student community engagement for the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry College and manages a farm with his wife where they raise Katahdin sheep, chickens, vegetables, and black walnuts. In addition to his work with Promundo Joseph has supported or directed gender equality programs for Highlands Community Services, where he facilitated a gender-equitable fatherhood group with incarcerated fathers, and with Men Can Stop Rape and the DC Rape Crisis Center. He holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a BS in Journalism and Political Science from Northwestern University. He is currently in the sixth year of an intensive fatherhood training course directed by his son.

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Joseph Vess

Joseph Vess is a Fellow at Promundo where he focuses primarily on supporting and developing gender-transformative programs engaging men for gender equality. From 2012-2015 he was a Senior Program Officer at Promundo during which time he co-led the development of the original Living Peace curriculum in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi with the Promundo East Africa team. He also supported partnerships with the Young Men’s Initiative in the former Yugoslavia, Abaad in Lebanon, and a variety of programs in sub-Saharan African including in Senegal, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan. Currently, he lives in the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia where he supports student community engagement for the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry College and manages a farm with his wife where they raise Katahdin sheep, chickens, vegetables, and black walnuts. In addition to his work with Promundo Joseph has supported or directed gender equality programs for Highlands Community Services, where he facilitated a gender-equitable fatherhood group with incarcerated fathers, and with Men Can Stop Rape and the DC Rape Crisis Center. He holds an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a BS in Journalism and Political Science from Northwestern University. He is currently in the sixth year of an intensive fatherhood training course directed by his son.

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